MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 13,924 this week

Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust (2004)

7.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 552 users  
Reviews: 6 user | 10 critic

The history of Hollywood's handling of the Nazis and its later depiction of the Holocaust they perpetrated.

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Editors' Spotlight

Fall TV Premiere Week

Many of your favorite shows are coming back, along with plenty of series premieres. Here's a list of the shows premiering between Sunday, September 21 and Friday, September 26.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 630 titles
created 26 Oct 2011
 
a list of 30 titles
created 06 Jun 2012
 
a list of 32 titles
created 02 Jan 2013
 
a list of 27 titles
created 23 Jan 2013
 
a list of 27 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust (2004)

Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust (2004) on IMDb 7.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust.
2 wins. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Reel Injun (2009)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The history of the depiction of Native Americans in Hollywood films.

Directors: Neil Diamond, Catherine Bainbridge, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Angela Aleiss, Adam Beach, R. Michael David
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A documentary that examines the creative and commercial value of musical sampling.

Directors: Benjamin Franzen, Kembrew McLeod
Stars: Aesop Rock, George Clinton, Chuck D.
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A memorial concert reawakens the story of an artistic uprising in the Nazi concentration camp, Terezin, where a chorus of 150 inmates confronts the Nazis face-to-face - and sings to them what they dare not say.

Director: Doug Shultz
Stars: Lindsay Hopper, Bebe Neuwirth, Kelly Tighe
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The story of the Australian exploitation genre cinema of 1970s and 80s.

Director: Mark Hartley
Stars: Phillip Adams, Glory Annen, Christine Amor
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Fact based story about a former Greek Olympic boxer who was taken as a prisoner during World war II and placed in the Auschwitz prison camp. There he was permitted to survive as long as he ... See full summary »

Director: Robert M. Young
Stars: Willem Dafoe, Edward James Olmos, Robert Loggia
Blank City (2010)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

During the punk rock stage in the late '70s, downtown New York experienced a wave of "Do it yourself" independent filmmaking.

Director: Celine Danhier
Stars: Amos Poe, Ann Magnuson, Becky Johnston
Documentary | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Jeff Garlin's documentary on the work of John Waters.

Director: Jeff Garlin
Stars: John Waters
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The digital revolution of the last decade has unleashed creativity and talent of people in an unprecedented way, unleashing unlimited creative opportunities. But does democratized culture ... See full summary »

Directors: David Dworsky, Victor Köhler
Stars: Ólafur Arnalds, Scott Belsky, Robyn Carlsson
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A documentary spotlighting movie extras - the indispensable background actors in films.

Director: Jason Connell
Stars: Terry Bolo, Geoffrey Gould, Cecilia Hartfeld
Double Dare (2004)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

DOUBLE DARE is a double-barreled, action-packed documentary about the struggles of two stuntwomen in male-dominated Tinseltown to stay working, stay thin, and stay sane.

Director: Amanda Micheli
Stars: Jeannie Epper, Zoë Bell, Lynda Carter
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

An absorbing and chilling documentary about the National Socialist aesthetic, and how attempts to create the Aryan Ideal caused the extermination of millions. Aspects covered include: ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Cohen
Stars: Rolf Arsenius, Bruno Ganz, Sam Gray
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The lifelong friendship of the great cinematographers Laszlo Kovacs and Vilmos Zsigmond and their impact on American cinema.

Director: James Chressanthis
Stars: Karen Black, Peter Bogdanovich, Sandra Bullock
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Norma Barzman ...
Herself
...
(archive footage)
Michael Berenbaum ...
Himself
Robert Berger ...
Himself
...
(archive footage)
...
Himself (voice) (archive footage)
...
(archive footage)
...
(archive footage)
...
(archive footage)
...
Himself
...
(archive footage)
...
(archive footage)
Dan Curtis ...
Himself
...
(archive footage)
Edit

Storyline

Of recent historical events, few events have been so searing, and thus so difficult to depict faithfully both in nature and scope in film, than the Holocaust perpetrated by the Nazis. This film tells the story of Hollywood's approach to the subject, starting with its initial pre-war reluctance to alienate the lucrative German market. With World War II, and the discovery of the Nazi horrors, we follow Hollywood's reaction over the decades to the atrocity. Challenged with a tragedy that beggared the imagination of artists and audiences, Hollywood grew from trying to keep it in the abstract to striving to depict it head-on in ways that would be both truthful and respectful with the proper humanity. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

25 December 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fantastikos martyras: To Hollywood kai to Olokaftoma  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$2,880 (USA) (28 December 2007)

Gross:

$21,507 (USA) (25 April 2008)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: For over a half a century Hollywood films have dealt with Nazism and the Holocaust in complex and often contradictory ways. Marked by outrage and indifference, compassion and ignorance, the need to understand and the desire to forget. And yet while this most horrific chapter in modern world history happened far from America's shores, it has been American movies, perhaps more than any other medium, that have shaped how we understand and remember these events.
See more »

Connections

Features The Search (1948) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
a piece for school, a film study that open eyes
20 February 2005 | by (Mexico) – See all my reviews

A great review of what Hollywood needed to do -and whatnot- to expose Nazi Germany's intentions... It is a well-documented film with great interviews and original footage to prove that cinema can be used for either wrong or right purposes... This one, it is for the right mission: illustrate how coward was US witnessing what Hitler was doing against the Judaism... Nevermore, please! And even though some raw footage is missing when US troops discovered the death camps, the narration accomplished the feelings of those who watched back then... Hopefully Michael Moore sees this documentary to make him to shift their style of film documenting, where serious stuff can be covered straight forward, without all the comic gimmicks he used to abuse them on his films...


16 of 26 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
This item is on eBay in DVD nohotrader
Why has this film not been distributed? brewsterlewster
If the Armenian Genocide would be stopped... dncingms
what's this about? Jahar3398
netflix lk224779

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?